Nadal topples Querrey to set up Federer semi-final

first_imgThere was no stopping Rafael Nadal on Wednesday as he soaked up 22 thunderbolt aces to flatten Sam Querrey 7-5 6-2 6-2 to set up the Wimbledon semi-final the whole sporting world had been waiting to see – a showdown with great rival Roger Federer.The Spaniard made a jaw-dropping start to his quarter-final as he won all 12 points during his first three service games.Querrey, a semi-finalist here in 2017, finally got a foothold on Nadal’s serve in the eighth game but making any form of sustained attack proved to be mission impossible.A warning for a time violation threw third seed Nadal, who had already squandered four set points, off his service stride in the 10th game and allowed Querrey to break back for 5-5.But that was as good as it got for the unseeded American as his serve might have been on fire but everything else was misfiring and he bowed out after the Spaniard whipped a forehand winner on match point to make sure it was game on with Federer in Friday’s semi-final.Nadal’s victory meant it was the first time more than one Spanish man had reached the Wimbledon semis in the same year, with Roberto Bautista Agut also through to the last four after he beat Argentine Guido Pella in an earlier quarter-final.last_img read more

Russell Westbrook all smiles in introduction with Rockets

first_imgSteaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Westbrook brushed off such concerns.“I’m not worried about it,” he said. “I know James is not worried about it. I can play off the ball. I don’t have to touch the ball to impact the game. I can do other things on the floor to make sure we have a better chance to win.”Harden didn’t speak to reporters Friday, but did attend the press conference, sitting on the front row smiling at his buddy and often chuckling at Westbrook’s comments and jokes.The Westbrook who showed up in Houston on Friday was a kinder and far less angry one than the version he was during last year’s playoffs when a sneering and glaring Westbrook made headlines more for his “next question” responses during press conferences than his play as the Thunder were eliminated by Portland in the first round.He smiled often and laughed a lot, and when asked what he wished people knew about him he quickly responded with: “that I’m a nice guy.”ADVERTISEMENT Westbrook said he’ll never stop playing with the intensity and attitude that he’s played with throughout his career, but seemed to be taking a step to try and repair the negative image that came from last year’s press conference antics by sharing thoughts on his personality.“I’m going out to compete and going out to be able to win and I don’t really care how that looks and I’m always going to stay that way,” he said. “But I think off the floor it’s a huge thing figuring (out) and understanding that I am human. I am a human being. I am a good person, just so you guys know. And I do care about the community, my team, my teammates, everybody and I just want to do whatever I can to make sure we have a chance to win.”The opportunity to win his first championship was the biggest lure to Westbrook’s desire to be in Houston. And the fact that it’s has him back with Harden, with whom he’s been friends with since he was 10 years old, made the chance too good to pass up.“I thought it was the best decision for me and my career right now,” he said. “And to be able to reunite with my brother, a friend, to be able to do that is something that you dream about and you live for.”Westbrook is an eight-time All-Star who has averaged a triple-double in each of the last three seasons. He led the NBA in assists in the last two seasons and ranked second in the two seasons before that. The 30-year-old has averaged 23 points, 8.4 assists and seven rebounds in his career and has played 80 or more games in seven seasons.The Rockets hope his addition will help them win their first championship since taking back-to-back titles from 1994-95. After falling to the Warriors in the playoffs in four of the last five seasons and seeing the Lakers and Clippers make huge offseason moves, Houston is betting on Westbrook to elevate this Harden-led team.“He plays with an energy, a passion and a will to win that I think is really unparalleled in the league,” Morey said.And Westbrook is ready to show everyone that will to win with his new team.“Scoring and having the ball in my hands is not the only thing I can do for the game,” he said. “I do a lot of great things for the game and I look forward to doing that with this team … I think it’s a great opportunity to be able to bring a championship here to Houston. (It’s an) opportunity to be able to do great things, have some fun and I’m excited for it.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 dead, 16 swimming athletes hurt in South Korea balcony collapse MOST READ LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists LATEST STORIES Benefits of township living “To be able to win something you have to be able to sacrifice some parts of your game and we both understand that,” Westbrook said. “We both understand that we have one common goal and that’s to win championships. We understand what we have to do.”Westbrook was introduced in Houston on Friday after being traded from the Thunder for Chris Paul and draft picks this month. General manager Daryl Morey beamed as he sat next to Westbrook when he made his first appearance as a Rocket.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Obviously, we’re here for one reason only, to take that next step that we’ve been trying to do for the last few years,” Morey said.The 2017 Most Valuable Player joins the Rockets after spending his first 11 seasons with Oklahoma City, which included playing with Harden in his first three seasons. Though the two are close friends and played together successfully with the Thunder, in the days since the trade, many have wondered if pairing these two ball-dominant guards will be successful in Houston. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey, right, poses with recently acquired guard Russell Westbrook during an NBA basketbll news conference, Friday, July 26, 2019, in Houston. Westbrook was acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — Russell Westbrook knows he’s in for a huge change in his move from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets.And he’s ready to do whatever it takes to make the move work as he prepares to play with James Harden for the first time since 2012.ADVERTISEMENT Vaccinated but still infected with polio? What happened? Duque explains View commentslast_img read more

Even if UG could – is this the VC’s personal decision?

first_imgDear Editor,As a long-standing observer of the University of Guyana, being a past student and faculty member several years retired, I cannot help but add my voice to Dr Mark Kirton’s and those of several people writing on social media, newspapers, and commenting in high circles about the matter of Honorary Degrees at the University of Guyana.The response of the University of Guyana’s Public Relations Officer, Ms Paulette Paul, who should know better, is deliberately misleading and untruthful in many parts.She should know better than to try to pull wool over the eyes of the tax paying Guyanese public, who have a right to seek answers and to ask questions, since their dollars fund this University.1. The Vice Chancellor cannot, and should not, announce that he is going to confer any degree, academic of otherwise, upon anyone, since he is not able to do this without a due process, whether or not the University Act says the University can confer degrees.The fact is that neither the Council nor the Academic Board has seen a proposal or request from the Vice Chancellor for them to consider the granting of honorary degrees.2. It is the practice of this Vice Chancellor, and the Council seems none the wiser, to make critical and far-reaching decisions which fall solely in the purview of this Council or other bodies, and to bring these to the Council for ratification. He has done this with appointments of his many and growing Cabinet, new appointments, renewal of contracts for high officials, and even with payments of millions in lieu of leave. When asked for details, he sometimes rants that “either people trust him or they don’t”. With a University in close to $500 million deficit, accountability cannot be reduced to trusting an individual. This is a national strategic asset, and it must be treated as such.   The new and mostly very young Council must not allow this to continue. Had they been allowed to fulfill their oversight roles, the World would not be hearing that the VC, Prof Griffith (I am that I am), is conferring anything when no  authority has sanctioned this yet.3. While UG is legally able to confer honorary and other academic degrees, the big question is whether at this time it should; and if it should, by what procedure, and what conditions need to apply. It can also award honorary medals of different kinds and other degrees, but there must be a system, and it cannot be that the authority to do this is arrogated to the bow-tied one who thinks that he can use the media in his campaign of personal pomposity. UG is the national University, not the personal fiefdom of one man and his cronies.At least the media is doing the job of asking the hard questions, if no one else will.Let’s do the right thing by the right means, and let the UG Council do its job in service of this nation.Sincerely,Name withheldlast_img read more

$7.6M drug bond to be constructed in Region 4

first_imgGovernment plans on constructing a drug bond to the tune of .6 million in Paradise, East Coast Demerara (ECD).This was revealed as the $5.881 billion budgetary estimates for Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) were approved on Thursday, following examination by the Committee of Supply.The drug bond will facilitate the storage of small quantities of pharmaceuticals for the Region.Additionally under the health sector, more medical support equipment will be purchased to enhance healthcare provision.The Regional Democratic Council (RDC) intends to further collaborate with subject ministries in executing sectoral responsibilities while ensuring that the best level of education, health, infrastructural, agricultural and administrative services are delivered to residents of the Region.Among the projects to be undertaken are major rehabilitative works on the RDC building at Triumph, ECD, including the instalment of new electrical systems, roof and water trestles; furniture and equipment for the building will also be purchased.Regarding agriculture, a number of timber revetments will be constructed at Nabaclis, Hand-en-Veldt, Mahaica and Alliance among others. Other sums will go towards the maintenance of drainage and irrigation works within the Region.The maintenance of roads and bridges is facilitated in the 2017 Budget, while other bridges will be rehabilitated and roads upgraded. Buildings falling under the purview of the regional administration will benefit from continued maintenance in this budget.last_img read more

Dovizioso beat Rossi to win Malaysia MotoGP

first_imgBut Dovizioso steadily reeled in his compatriot Rossi, taking the lead back with six laps to go and quickly opening up a gap as Rossi was slowed by tyre issues.Dovizioso, 30, finished 3.115secs ahead of Rossi for his maiden win of the season and first since 2009.Rossi, however, clinched second place in the 2016 world championship over his Yamaha teammate and rival Jorge Lorenzo of Spain.Lorenzo, who will switch to Ducati next year, finished third on Sunday.Honda’s Marc Marquez had already wrapped up the world championship two weeks earlier in Japan.Dovizioso called Sunday’s win the biggest of his career.“It’s really nice to come to this moment. In these conditions I struggled a lot in the race and had some problems, but I really wanted it,” he said.– Crash course –Ducati’s Italian rider Andrea Dovizioso rides through the rain ahead of Honda’s British rider Cal Crutchlow (R) and Honda’s Spanish rider Marc Marquez during the Malaysian MotoGP race at the Sepang International circuit on October 30, 2016 © AFP / Mohd RafsanThe race began after a short delay because of a tropical downpour dousing the track.Riders this week complained that the track, newly re-paved this year, was draining unevenly after rain, creating alternating wet and dry patches.Much of the race was a gripping duel between Rossi and Dovizioso’s Ducati teammate Andrea Iannone, who was returning to the track for the first time since suffering a vertebrae fracture in a crash in early September.The lead repeatedly changed hands between Rossi and Iannone over the first 10 laps as they aggressively dived under each other with inches to spare on Sepang’s tight curves.But Iannone cracked, crashing out with seven laps left. One of three riders to crash, Iannone was uninjured but did not return.Dovizioso pounced, overtaking Rossi and quickly stretching a sizable lead as Rossi slowed when the tyres his team chose began to prove unsuitable on the increasingly dry track.“I was optimistic for the victory,” said Rossi, 37, nine-time world champion.“But with less water I started to suffer very much with the tyres, especially the front.”With one eye on second place in the world championship, Rossi said he didn’t want to crash out and “throw away 20 points.”“It’s a shame because we would have liked to win but its good to get second place in the championship.”“When you have a chance to close these things, you have to try.”Rossi has had great success at Sepang in the past but has not won on the track since 2010, which also was the last year he won the world title.Besides Iannone, British rider Cal Crutchlow crashed, as did Marquez. Marquez got back on the track and finished 11th.Marquez slid off the track the previous weekend in Australia when he was in control of the race, which Crutchlow eventually won.The crash-happy tone on the slick track was set earlier in the day during the Moto3 category, a veritable demolition derby marked a series of collisions and wipe-outs.France’s Johann Zarco won in Moto2 to become the first man to repeat since the championship was introduced in 2010.He became the first French rider to win more than one championship in Grand Prix Racing, according to MotoGP.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ducati’s Italian rider Andrea Dovizioso celebrates on the podium after winning the 2016 Malaysian MotoGP at the Sepang International circuit on October 30, 2016 © AFP / Manan VatsyayanaSEPANG, Malaysia, Oct 30 – Andrea Dovizioso won his first MotoGP race in seven years Sunday, pulling away from legend Valentino Rossi late in the Malaysia Grand Prix to take the checkered flag for Ducati.Starting from pole position, the Italian fell back early as he and a number of riders struggled on the rain-soaked Sepang International Circuit.last_img read more

Ajax walk out with mums on Mother’s Day

first_img0Shares0000Ajax Amsterdam’s Niklas Moisander enters the field with his mother prior to the Dutch Eredivisie match against Cambuur Leeuwarden on Mother’s Day.AMSTERDAM, May 11- Ajax marked Mother’s Day in the Netherlands by walking out onto the pitch accompanied by their mums on Sunday.Second placed Ajax, who hosted Cambuur at their Amsterdam ArenA in the Eredivisie, came up with the heart warming move as a pre-match gesture. The players emerged from the dressing room to greet their mums before walking out of the tunnel alongside them.It was an idea which was warmly received by fans of the club with many of the mums clearly moved by the occasion.The Dutch title has already been wrapped up by PSV with Ajax comfortable with an eight-point gap in second place.The Cambuur players, who may have felt left out without their mums also present, find themselves in mid-table.Viktor Fischer netted a pair of goals for Ajax to lead the team to a 3-0 win over Cambuur at the Amsterdam Arena on Sunday.With Ajax already assured of second place, the team took a bit to get going on Sunday, but Fischer finally opened the scoring in the 57th minute before adding a second goal five minutes later.Lasse Schone capped the scoring for the hosts seven minutes from time, while Cambuur offered little resistance as the club has already secured its place in the Eredivisie for next season.Champions PSV Eindhoven collected their 28th win in 33 matches as the club notched a 2-0 home victory against Heracles.Memphis Depay opened the scoring after 32 minutes just a few days after he agreed to a deal to join Manchester United this summer, while Jetro Willems added a second goal midway through the second half.-Eurosports/Fox Sports0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Splunk Founder Now Launches Entrepreneurs, Not Startups

first_imgChina and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Most people never get to launch a successful startup, much less six. Michael Baum (@michaelbaum), whom I first met at LinuxWorld at in 2004, has a charismatic personality and an extraordinary track record, largely unheralded. Despite earning Oprah money and minting more than 150 millionaires with six successful exits, including Splunk, currently valued at more than $5 billion, Baum has yet to retire.Instead of launching another startup, however, he’s launching entrepreneurs. Founder.org founder Michael BaumToday Baum heads up a non-profit called Founder.org, where he’s applying the lessons he learned from his own startups to help student entrepreneurs launch their companies. In Paris today at the World Founder Forum he announced the top 10 student team winners who split $1 million in seed money prizes. Those teams are among 50 globally participating in the Founder.org program’s second-year class. The first-year class, 10 student teams, just graduated. Seven received venture investments of up to $2.5 million. And unlike Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg’s college experience, Baum requires his student teams to stay in college.I recently talked to Baum about Founder.org and the key lessons he learned over the years. And I asked him if Peter Thiel had it wrong with his 20 Under 20 program that pays students $100,00 to drop out of college….ReadWrite: You co-founded Splunk as the CEO more than a decade ago in the wake of the dotcom implosion. Were you insane?Michael Baum: You remember what happened in 2003 in Silicon Valley, right? We all had gum on our face. The bubble had burst. It was absolutely the worst time in the world to start a company. Nobody wanted to work in a start up. Nobody wanted to invest in a startup. Nobody wanted equity in startup.Ironically, it turned out to be the best time to start a company because all of the real entrepreneurs were still with us and all the vacationing entrepreneurs were off doing other things again. The first 20 people in Spunk were rockstars, people who really wanted to make a difference and do something interesting and unique.Inventing something new and creating the structure around it to make it successfully scale takes time and a lot of hard work. Ideas are a dime a dozen, its the execution that counts. And execution is all about people—high-quality people. RW: You pioneered a number of ideas at Splunk. For example, you were one of the first enterprise software freemium models. What did you think you were doing with that?MB: It was a little accidental. When you create a simple solution to a complex problem and put it in front of a customer, they often don’t believe you. They laughed at us. Customers said they’d already spent $5 million on software and another $1 million on maintenance contracts to solve their problem. How is your stuff possibly better than that?So we gave it to them for free.Turns out they liked it and they came back for more. Then we said if you wanted to use it more, then you have to pay us a little something. They started using it even more, and we told them they had to pay us more. It just kind of built on itself.We actually launched the company at LinuxWorld. Why? After a year of meeting with “prospective” customers to understand what they really wanted, we realized that we were targeting users who preferred to download software themselves and play with it before engaging with a vendor if they saw value. We weren’t open source, but we appealed to the open source mindset.RW: Tell me about Founder.org. After more than two decades of no doubt killing yourself working crazy hours at startups, why the interest in a non-profit? Is this your way of giving back?MB: Well, I still work crazy hours [laughs], but like my previous startups, it’s because it’s something that I am passionate about. I appreciate the support of my wife and twin sons. As part of the family deal, we moved from the Bay Area to Paris so we could enjoy an international experience and they love France. Now I live on airplanes and the TGV train.I started Founder.org in 2012. Student teams compete to participate in our program. We work with leading colleges, universities and research institutes throughout North America and Europe to advance student entrepreneurship. The goal is to significantly increase the number of student entrepreneurs by backing the brightest student founders and biggest ideas.We have this process we call the 8D Company Building Program that improves the odds that more young companies not only survive but thrive and positively transform the world. We are just graduating our first year of student teams and we expanded the program five-fold so 50 new student teams are starting this week.Today we announced the ten teams that each won $100,000 prizes for the best company ideas. I’m just as excited about the 10 graduating teams. The Founder.org sister venture capital fund invested in seven of them.RW: So your student startup teams enter your Founder.org program through some big name universities like Stanford, Harvard, Oxford and Ecole Polytechnique, and you require your entrepreneurs to stay in school. That contrasts with Peter Thiel’s controversial 20 Under 20 Program that pays students to drop out. Why are you right and Peter wrong?MB: Peter and I both believe in the power of student entrepreneurship to change the world and I commend him for trying to help young entrepreneurs get started. No one is questioning the fact that tuition costs have spiraled out of control and that student debt has a retarding effect on entrepreneurship. People can’t be expected to pass up a regular paycheck and take on the risks that entrepreneurship entails if they’re saddled by massive student debt that they need to service every month.But let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater. Just because university is expensive doesn’t mean it’s not valuable for young entrepreneurs.Universities are incredibly resource-rich environments that can provide young companies with incubation space, labs, 3D printers, maker shops and virtually any functional talent you could need, from computer science geeks to electrical engineering jocks, medical doctors and MBAs to figure out the business plan. Our smartest teams hang around even after graduation and take advantage of everything their school has to offer.One of our teams, Eko Devices, is entirely made up of student interns except for the founder CEO, Connor Landgraf, who graduated last year and was president of the undergraduate student body at UC Berkeley and knows everyone. What a great support system and environment from which to launch a company. Leaving university means you leave all of those resources behind. Matt Asay How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Related Posts center_img What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Tags:#entrepreneurship#FOUNDER.org#Michael Baum#Splunk#startup How to Get Started in China and Have Successlast_img read more

NIH’s ‘Secret Plans’ for a Government Shutdown

first_imgWith a possible government shutdown only a few days away, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) appears to be ready to send in a skeleton staff to care for patients and maintain animals and experiments at the agency’s Bethesda, Maryland, campus. But accompanying the plans is a strange sense of secrecy.As lawmakers and the Obama Administration continue to clash over the depth of budget cuts, leaders are now acknowledging that the federal government could shut down Monday barring another stopgap measure to fund government operations for a fiscal year that began last October. University-based scientists may not notice at first, as temporarily closing the offices that distribute most of NIH’s $31 billion budget to outside investigators won’t immediately affect these extramural grants. But about 10% of the agency’s budget goes to its intramural program, which has over 1000 principal investigators (PIs), 4000 postdocs, hundreds of labs, animal facilities, and many clinical studies. Much of this can’t just shut down and be left unattended.NIH Deputy Director for Intramural Research Michael Gottesman e-mailed ScienceInsider yesterday that each of NIH’s 27 institutes and centers is identifying people who would be “excepted” from the shutdown. 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Any public discussion of the contingency plans is forbidden “for political reasons,” says one high-level official, explaining that the government can’t look like it’s preparing for a shutdown. Even internal e-mails are now verboten, this source said; instead, planning has been done the old-fashioned way, by word of mouth.That said, “there seems to be a coherent plan,” a lab chief said. A few months ago, PIs submitted lists of essential personnel, including most physicians, animal caretakers, and others who will maintain experiments or cell lines that can’t be shut down. The numbers ScienceInsider heard ranged from 50% of a group that does nonprimate work and clinical trials to just 10% of one institute’s entire intramural program. But there’s no word whether those lists have been approved.The uncertainty is stressful, says one PI, who was allowed to designate only himself and one other lab member to maintain lab animals and cell cultures for a pause of indefinite length. “A great deal of treasure will be lost if this shutdown happens” because experiments may be damaged, he predicted.Although government shutdowns are not uncommon, most recently in late 1995 and early 1996, the culture seems different this time around. While in the past many people, especially postdocs, came into work and were eventually paid, this time, “the impression I have is that you will have to show you’re on some list” to enter a building, one lab chief said. Another investigator was told there will be fines for violators. This time, NIH staff members aren’t even supposed to log into e-mail from home, a source said.last_img read more

Just 1°C of ocean warming can upend marine ecosystems

first_img GAIL ASHTON By Giorgia GuglielmiAug. 31, 2017 , 1:25 PM Just 1°C of ocean warming can upend marine ecosystems For 9 months, the researchers monitored the distribution and growth of marine species that settled on the heated boxes and compared them with those that lived above unheated boxes. All it took was one look to notice the difference, Ashton says. In the 1°C increase experiment, a single species of moss animal, Fenestrulina rugula, doubled its growth rate. Within 2 months, the calciferous shelves it created dominated the community, the team reports today in Current Biology. What’s more, overall species diversity plummeted by 50%. Ecologists on their way to visit artificially heated sections of the Antarctic Ocean. Researchers regularly photographed the experimental boxes to monitor marine species. GAIL ASHTON How will climate change affect the world’s oceans? Scientists have barely begun to chart how warming waters will affect marine ecosystems. Now, marine ecologists working off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula have shown that a sudden 1°C rise in seawater temperature—a change expected to arrive within half a century—drastically alters ocean communities. Species diversity plummeted, and certain creatures, such as tiny, colonial “moss animals,” came to dominate the sea floor.“I think that we have proof that we’ve entered a new age, a heat age,” says Mark Urban, an ecologist at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, who was not involved in the study. For lead author Gail Ashton, a marine ecologist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Tiburon, California, the study “adds to evidence that we’re going to see very significant changes fairly soon.”To predict how biological communities respond to climate change, scientists typically test their theories organism by organism, removing plants and animals from their ocean homes and examining how they react in heated tanks. 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In the first-ever study of its kind, they encased electric heating elements in hand-sized plastic boxes. Then, they nestled the boxes into parts of the sea floor near the Rothera Research Station in Antarctica, where they warmed a thin layer of water to 1°C or 2°C above the ambient temperature. Those increases correspond to the expected global temperature rise in shallow seas within the next 50 and 100 years, respectively, by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, assuming no additional efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are put in place.  But at the 2°C warming sites, the moss animals started to taper off, though their colonies were still larger than at the ambient temperature. In contrast, other species such as the seaworm Protolaeospira stalagmia grew up to 30% faster compared with their rate at a 1°C increase.Urban says the data call for larger and longer-term experiments to test how these species may adapt to gradual warming. Janneke Hille Ris Lambers, an ecologist at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, agrees. “What we’ll see in the next 50 to 100 years is not going to be such a rapid warming from one time period to the next.”Future experiments should also look at whether the differences observed in the seafloor community are due to the temperature changes, which might directly affect how organisms work, or whether they’re due to the indirect effects of different species competing with one another, says Jennifer Sunday, an ecologist at UW. But she’s still excited by the new “warm up-and-watch” approach, which she hopes could be used elsewhere to forecast the effects of climate change on entire ecosystems.Urban says the results—which show how even slight rises in temperature can upend entire ecosystems—speak to the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent further warming. “If we go beyond [2°C], we’ll definitely start to see some pretty dramatic effects on natural ecosystems.”last_img read more